35 Best TV Shows on Now TV UK

35 Best TV Shows on Now TV UK

June 17, 2024

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Thanks to parent company Sky, Now TV has an endless supply of shows it sources from channels like Sky Max and Sky Atlantic, the latter of which holds exclusive rights to HBO programming. That means subscribers have easy access to hits like Game of Thrones, The Last of Us, Succession, and The White Lotus—and this is aside from homegrown originals like Breeders, Chernobyl, Patrick Melrose, and Save Me. 

This is all to say that there is a wealth of great titles for Now TV users out there. But if you’re looking for the cream of the crop of streaming—a quick and easy list of titles worth watching on the platform—then you’ve come to the right place. Below, we gather the very best shows you can watch on Now TV. 

21. Save Me

best

8.1

Country

United Kingdom

Actors

Adrian Edmondson, Jason Flemyng, Lennie James, Lesley Manville

Moods

A-list actors, Character-driven, Depressing

Though it sets itself up as a mystery series, the tense and dramatically heavy Save Me avoids easy questions and focuses instead on how a crisis can affect different members of a community in equally painful ways. The show isn’t immune from random coincidences and contrivances, but even these little twists in the plot point force us to reevaluate how we think about these characters from moment to moment. This group of people that comes together when a teenage girl disappears isn’t made up of the most heroic individuals; in fact, it becomes difficult to root for some of the most prominent characters due to sins that they’re still trying to atone for.

This is what elevates Save Me above other mystery/thriller dramas. And giving depth and dignity to these working class people are a brilliant ensemble full of great performances: lead star and creator Lennie James, Suranne Jones, Stephen Graham, Lesley Manville, and season two addition Olive Gray—whose turn as a traumatized victim of human trafficking feels almost too real.

22. Last Call: When a Serial Killer Stalked Queer New York

best

8.1

Country

United States of America

Moods

Binge-Worthy, Challenging, Depressing

“No one lives just one article or one headline of a life. There’s more.”

 

Last Call may be a true-crime docuseries, but it doesn’t pigeonhole itself as such; the advocacy for humanizing LGBTQ+ people is undoubtedly at its helm. The series expands past the context of each crime, giving testimonials and evidence of the lives, struggles, solidarity, and fears of the community. It acknowledges the efforts of the New Jersey State Police whilst shedding light on the inherent biases of society, law enforcement, and media when responding to crimes against gay people. Interviews with family members, detectives, and activists round out the narrative, ensuring that the lives lost are not forgotten due to shame, hatred, or sensationalism.

23. Enlightened

best

8.0

Actors

Diane Ladd, Laura Dern, Sarah Burns

Moods

Funny, No-brainer

This is an HBO dark comedy that was intensely loved by anyone who knew about it before it was inexplicably canceled. Laura Dern plays a corporate executive who has a full-blown meltdown. I’m talking mascara streaming down her cheeks and screaming “I’m going to destroy you” to a coworker. When she comes back from a retreat in Hawaii she is forced to take, Den’s character is no longer filled with corporate rage but with inexplicable and almost obnoxious positivity. She tries to spread her new outlook around by giving people books like “Flow Through Your Rage” and telling them about sea turtles. Things get more real when she decides to take on her old company’s abuses. I think the reason this show has such hard-core fans is that they fell in love with Laura Dern’s character. Watching this show is like letting in a flawed, dependent, but extremely determined and well-meaning person into your life. Enlightened is funny, engaging, and all-around near-perfect TV.

24. The Night Of

8.0

Country

United States of America

Actors

Amara Karan, Bill Camp, Glenne Headly, Jeannie Berlin

Moods

Mini-series, Suspenseful

An HBO show that’s almost too suspenseful to watch. It stars Riz Ahmed as a kid who steals his father’s cab to go to a party, only to later find himself tangled up in a crime. Everything leading up to his arrest, while not necessarily indicative of anything criminal, boasts cut-throat suspense. And that’s the magic of this show, it’s taking familiar crime story arcs, adding flawless acting and incredible writing, and perfecting the thrills. You’ll want to binge this show but, if your anything like me, your heart might not be able to take it.

25. My Brilliant Friend

8.0

Country

Italy

Moods

Binge-Worthy

This wonderful Italian epic made by HBO was a huge hit in Italy but remains little-known elsewhere. It’s based on four famous books that tell the coming-of-age story of two brilliant girls who grow up in a poor suburb on Naples in the 1950s. It also has scenes from the current time where one of them mysteriously disappears. Amazing production value, acting, and story make this show so easy to get hooked to.

26. Yellowjackets

best

8.0

Country

Canada, United States, United States of America

Actors

Christina Ricci, Ella Purnell, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Juliette Lewis

Moods

Binge-Worthy, Dark, Gripping

When a girls soccer team is left stranded in the wilderness, things quickly descend from worrisome to outright, delightful, and sometimes unbearably weird. It’s a classic tale of survival injected with fresh mystery and drama, and as you watch these girls navigate humanity in all its extremes—from the primal urge to live to the existential need to bond—you’re left feeling both wildly entertained and deeply disturbed all at once. 

Though Yellowjackets has drawn comparisons to beloved stories like Lost and Lord of the Flies, its unique pulse on the female experience is arguably its own thing: a sure and instant classic in the making. 

27. Insecure

best

8.0

Country

United States of America

Actors

Issa Rae, Jay Ellis, Yvonne Orji

Moods

Easy, Feel-Good, Funny

Sometimes, nothing beats the easygoing entertainment of watching two attractive characters flirt and fall in love on screen, or seeing a group of ride-or-die friends get into trouble together. HBO’s Insecure, which ran for five successful seasons, knows that it doesn’t need to exaggerate or put a subversive twist on the romantic comedy to find relatable and affecting storylines. The series stays mostly locked in to South Los Angeles, California as it follows Issa (Issa Rae) navigate the modern dating scene, try to settle on a career path, and manage her friendships as an ambitious and somewhat awkward thirtysomething Black woman.

Even if you don’t have much in common with Issa, Insecure is a massively comforting watch. Rae and co-creator Larry Wilmore have an impeccable eye for the messy, unspoken rules of social and romantic interaction that other shows might write off as too trivial. But this show lives and breathes in the ordinary, realistic problems—while still indulging in the warm and fuzzy feelings brought about by meeting someone new or seeing yourself grow up just a little more.

28. The Deuce

best

8.0

Country

United States of America

Actors

Chris Bauer, Chris Coy, Daniel Sauli, David Krumholtz

Moods

Character-driven, Gripping, Gritty

As has become typical of a David Simon series, The Deuce manages to bring myriad characters and perspectives into one setting, but somehow without resulting in information overload or stale drama. Simon’s work (most famously, The Wire) has always been arguably more ethnographic than traditionally dramatic, and here it’s no different: the portrait he and co-creator George Pelecanos paint of ’70s New York feels so real that watching this is almost educational. The Deuce is a series all about change and freedom and the contradictions that come with ideas of sexual liberation and commodification, and it’s endlessly fascinating to watch how these characters continue to dream big and redefine themselves in their own seedy little corner of the world.

29. The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst

best

8.0

Country

United States of America

Actors

Andrew Jarecki, Robert Durst

Moods

Gripping, Suspenseful, True-crime

Anyone tired of the same old cliches found in true crime shows (and there are a lot of them) will feel reinvigorated watching The Jinx. Director Andrew Jarecki goes one step further from the usual fare by interrogating the subject, himself an unnerving character, and unearthing evidence that changes the trajectory of his story. The Jinx is a great true crime documentary in that it’s gripping and well-researched, but it’s also great television, point blank. It’s thought-provoking, unsettling, and strives to always keep the viewer at the edge of their seat.

30. Young Rock

best

8.0

Country

United States of America

Actors

Adrian Groulx, Ana Tuisila, Dwayne Johnson, Joseph Lee Anderson

Moods

Easy, Feel-Good, Lighthearted

It’s a solid premise for a show, but it is a pretty scary premise that keeps you a little on edge. The interview segments are just realistic enough to put that image in your head, while the meat of the show is a visualization of a young Dwayne Johnson worrying about girls, keeping up appearances, and just getting by, all to make him appear more real and relatable. Presentation-wise, it feels very much like a lighthearted ‘90s comedy with matching fashion, tunes, and warm messages. Meta aspects aside, it’s effectively Rock’s tribute to his family growing up, full of earnest performances once it gets going.

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